About Us

Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity, it is an act of justice.
– Nelson Mandela

What we stand for

Basic Income Manitoba envisions a society in which each individual lives with sufficient income for basic needs, health and social participation. Our guiding principles state:

  • The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms provides that every person has the right to life, liberty and security of the person (s. 7) and to equality (s. 15). These rights cannot be exercised in poverty.
  • The elimination of poverty in Canada is an essential objective of society that need not be associated with charity.
  • Poverty is a human tragedy, not a natural one, and can be eliminated by ensuring that all individuals have access to basic necessities through a basic income.
  • A basic income must not reduce benefits related to disability or other equality needs and must not be regarded as a substitute for essential services.
  • Basic Income Manitoba advocates moving from income support to income guarantee.

What we do

Basic Income Manitoba:

  • Educates Manitobans about basic income, its benefits and effects
  • Promotes and develops public support for basic income in Manitoba and across Canada
  • Seeks to influence public policy with regard to basic income
  • Encourages and shares research on basic income

Who we are

Basic Income Manitoba is a volunteer-run organization based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. We are people of diverse backgrounds, interests and skills, including researchers, activists, people living with low income, policy analysts, members of professions and business people. We value the contributions of all and respect the different talents, viewpoints and experience that each of us bring to the basic income conversation. Basic Income Manitoba is led by a volunteer steering committee (link to list with short bios – see below) and works with a community of supporters who receive regular email updates and invitations to events, and who participate in advancing public dialogue about basic income in Manitoba. Where possible, Basic Income Manitoba works in partnership with other community groups for the elimination of poverty in our province.

Special thanks

Basic Income Manitoba could not carry out its work without the generous in-kind support of various organizations in the community including Winnipeg Harvest and the University of Manitoba.

An extra special thanks to Bounce Design for donating their design and marketing services.